Are you out of your mind?
Cancel the booking.
What if you are stranded there with no money?
Everyone who got to know that I'm travelling for 3 days during the ban "encouraged" me to cancel my much awaited trip to Jaipur and Pushkar Mela.
To be honest, that thought did cross my mind once. I was tempted to jump inside my comfort zone and be safe. But then its always better to say " oh well" than "what if?".
Thankfully I had already booked my accommodation and paid for the to and fro reservation. The only concern was the mode of payment for local travel, street shopping, and street food.
It was especially hard for me as when I travel I carry limited cash and just my debit card. I hadn't withdrawn the money and just a day before my travel I got to know that the ATM's won't operate for two days. As I work late by the time I reached the time for withdrawal had passed.
Never in my life I felt so rich and poor at the same time. Rich because I had a big amount on my bank statement and poor because "Money Money in the ATM but not a single note to withdraw".
Here is what I did :
I carried few hundred rupee notes with me.
I planned to survive on card swiping as much as I could.
I sticked to either pre paid cab service, or Ola or the battery operated rickshaws (cheapest and most convenient mode of travel).
This gave me the most important lesson of relying on online banking. I don't usually do it but had I been doing it things would have been more easier.
I knew panicking and stressing won't do any good either.
I made a strategy :
I would walk around or use public transport for commute.